Patriotic Front (PF) leader, Michael Sata has welcomed the Government’s decision to cut down on its expenditure and suggested that it goes a step further by doing away with some top public service positions.

Mr Sata said in Lusaka yesterday during a Press briefing that the Government should continue finding ways of reducing expenditure to mitigate the effects of the current global financial crisis.

As one of the options, he said, the Government should start trimming down the number of ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries as a measure to reduce the cost of Government operations.

He urged President Banda to consider reducing his Cabinet to cut on expenditure.

Mr Sata said that what the Government should be doing now was to find solutions to problems facing the country and stop blaming everything on external factors like the financial crisis.

He called on the media to be proactive and fight for the majority of Zambians threatened by poverty.

“I am urging President Banda to start reducing the number of ministers, deputy ministers and permanent secretaries in ministries where there are two people doing one job,” he said.

On the National Constitutional Conference (NCC), Mr Sata maintained that it should be suspended.

He said Government could still save some money from the NCC if it focused on thorny issues in the Constitution and made necessary amendments like what his party did in 2005 when it presented a proposed bill to Parliament on the 50 per cent-plus one vote.

Commenting on job losses in the mining sector, Mr Sata said the Government should strengthen the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) so that it could properly scrutinise investors as they came to Zambia.

Mr Sata said mining companies should not give the global economic recession as an excuse for not to paying mineral taxes and urged the Government to ensure that the revenue realised was invested in the improvement of the lives of people.

On Food Reserve Agency (FRA)’s engagement of three South African firms to supply non-genetically modified white maize, Mr Sata wondered when the three companies bid for the contracts.

He said awarding of the contracts should be advertised especially that one of the three companies was not from South Africa but was run by locals.

Gen Shikapwasha said the Government was of the view that concerted efforts and dialogue were needed to resolve various problems affecting the nation.

Chief Government spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha said the Government was encouraged by any suggestions from various people including Mr Sata.

Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said President Banda and the Cabinet were considering several measures of cutting down on the cost of Government operations but the proposal to reduce on the number of ministers and top civil servants had not been among them.

“President Banda and his Cabinet are looking at several measures. But we welcome all the suggestions from citizens, including Mr Sata,” he said.

“I am personally encouraged by the suggestions from Mr Sata because after all, we are all Zambians,” he said.

He said the president would at an appropriate time announce whatever measures would be adopted to mitigate the current economic situation.

Times of Zambia

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  1. number 1

    I agree with Sata- first step is to reducing govt expenditure is to reduce the size of cabinet. infact it is to scrap the post of deputy minister. let us just have ministers- after all its the directors, Permanent secretaries who do the job.

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  2. I no many pipo dont like this man,but please just take your time and read what the big man has said,then you can comment.

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  3. Eya Ba Sata emano ayo! Atleast you keep on saying something, who knwz one or two things can change.
    Sata keep it up!

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  4. I still dont understand we RB should have Three ministers in one ministry? someone to help me sure.

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  5. For sure something should be done to reduce the blotted cabinet to save money especially where we have two deputy ministers and in some cases two ministers in one ministry.

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  6. I DONT LIKE THIS MAN BUT IN THIS ARTICLE HE HAS SPOKEN SENSE, MAY BE FOR ME TO READ HIS ARTICLE AND HAVE TIME FOR IT IS A SIGN THAT I STILL HAVE A SOFT SPOT FOR HIM, WHO KNOWS HE CAN END UP RULING WITH A MINIMAL MAJORITY. SATA, YOU HAVE SPOKEN SENSE.

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  7. A simple sneeze may be a tell-tale sign of sexual arousal for a select few, research suggests.

    Two British doctors investigated the phenomenon after reading of a middle-aged patient who had uncontrollable sneezing fits when he thought of sex.

    They unearthed evidence, via internet chat rooms, of 17 others – of both sexes – with the same problem.

    The Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine study suggests it may be down to a mix-up in brain circuitry.

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  8. The researchers, Dr Mahmood Bhutta and Dr Harold Maxwell, also uncovered three people who claimed to sneeze after orgasm.

    Dr Bhutta, a specialist in ear, nose and throat medicine at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, said the phenomenon could be more widespread than thought and might even be inherited.

    He said: “It certainly seems odd, but I think this reflex demonstrates evolutionary relics in the wiring of a part of the nervous system called the autonomic nervous system.

    “This is the part beyond our control, and which controls things like our heart rate and the amount of light let in by our pupils.

    “Sometimes the signals in this system get crossed, and I think this may be wh

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  9. Sata seems to be the only one concerned about the well being of Zambia in the opposition! Why is it that the other political leaders are so mute? Next time, i will give sata my vote because with most of the things he say, i tend to see sense in them. Keep it up sata, we need that kind of guidance

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  10. Mr Sata for once has spoken sense the cabinet is blotted and cutting expenditure should start by reducing it.Please Mr President heed Mr Sata’s advice i think for now he means well.

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  11. It has only been Mr.Sata of all the opposition presidents that talk on behalf of the suffering masses. he even goes beyond suggesting workable solutions. Where is HH, adulterous Nawakwi, B.Y Kantu,Chris Tembo and ba loner ba Miyanda? what solutions do they have have or they are as sleepy if not more sleepy than NyamaSoya.

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  12. Mpangula Mputyu

    That has been my question as well,I really dont understand why the so called opposition leader are doing this to the pipo of Zambia.You will see in 2011,they will all pop out like popcorns,At the momment they are all quiet as if everything is ok pa zed,only Sata is active for the pipo of Zambia.Too bad the Big man is growing old,otherwise I was going to vote for him mu 2011.But one good thing is I will never vote for any candidate in 2011.

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  13. This is what the opposition is there for. It is always important that the voice of the opposition is heard even in troubled times. The biggest problem this country has is that there is not a single language/tribe who has the word ‘oppostion’. Thus to everyone opposition is enemy.

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  14. No. 15 sata is not Presidential material, to be presidential material is not what you say but what you do, Chale I know you and your tribe. sata says anything even what he knows he cant do therefore, logically that does not qualify him be presidential material. Look a few days ago he was critising local gvt Minister for suspending mayoral elections when he himself as Minister of local govt in FTJ’s govt suspended these elections for 4 years. What a hypocrit

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  15. WHY DO SOME PEOPLE HATE SATA SO MUCH.YOU FIRST HAVE TO GET WHAT SOMEONE IS SAYING BEFORE YOU RESPOND NEGATIVELY…

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  16. Tula Twabane
    If you are saying that,to be a presidential material is not what you say but it is what someone do,can you please tell me what RB has done so far since he is the president.

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  17. MATWORLD & MPANGULA MPUTYU.

    This is so typical with the so called zambian politicians they are always quiet coz they are trying to fight for positions in the ruling govt and to earn some favor nom,ba its not good.they want to make sata seem like he is a bad man thats always bragging.Some people were so close to sata during campaign coz they knew he would make it but now coz he is not president they have changed camps.they cant stand on one foundation.its a shame.

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  18. The govt has a lot of moni to waste thats why they can afford to have two ministers, two deputy ministers, two P. Secretaries and a lot more unnessary positions below that in one Ministry! And wat are we the Tax payers doing about??? 😕

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  19. I hope RB will be sensible and listen to what Sata is saying (sense for once). There is no need to have so many people doing one job, they should just have one minister and maybe a permanent secretary, cut off the rest, its unecessary spending. Who even brought about this current system and why has it been allowed to stay??? seriously…

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  20. #20 iwe tula twabane …

    what presidential material are you talking about.so you are happy with what we are going through as a country,you have ba RB the one you regard as presidential material what has he done so far.look at this issue from a different angle my friend,a suit doesnt make someone think no! its what they have invested on the inside of them.

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  21. Thats the problem we had even with LPM’S government(family tree)you want all the people you know and all the relatives have positions and jobs in goverment takwaba!!!.so ba RB listen up and dont fall into the LPM family tree.get rid of some of your ministers and their juniors theres nothing they are doing.

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  22. I haven’t been to Zed yet for me to make a personal analysis of the situation, but so far everyone I have talked to there are not less satified with the living condition than they were when before RB took over. Nobody here on the blogg has also been able to point out anything RB has achieved since he entered office.
    Let’s face it, Sata is the peopl’es 2nd choice after RB, so it’s only right & fair that PF should automatically take over from MMD come 2011 if there are no visible results or improvement in the lives of Zambians by then.

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  23. Sorry about the sentence construction in my comments on #28. The 2nd part of my first sentence should read: but so far everyone I have talked to there are less satified with the living condition than they were before RB took over.

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  24. Eya, Ba Sata mwasosa ifishinka. Bafwile ba chita reduction of cabinet no mutengo wa bunga.

    Elyo kabili pali fi veli fishy activities pa ECZ. Comissioni of inquiry ilefaikwa. Na nomba no appoimtment of director? Uyu madam alipo nankwe alefwaya ikumena ama roots na minister alecita inteference.Ba bod chilemoneka powerless and ilelevant.

    Interested parties

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  25. GIRLY

    Am sure you aint bored any more.atleast you have new stuff to comment on.keep well and enjoy the rest of the day.

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  26. Too many bootlickers to please with govt positions. As people say: Scratch my back, and I will scratch yours. The inflated govt won’t bring any development to Mother Zambia; however, the bootlickers will develop only their pockets and their backyards. Prune all the unnecessary branches from the national vine.:d

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  27. Blimey what a man! Full of substance. Spot Ba Sata.

    I do not think Zambia needs the so called Provincial ministers. I thought a Permanent Secretary was enough.

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  28. the problem is this in zed; in every ministry there is either a minister or deputy who is appointed on merit and does the job while other is a cadre or belongs to the family tree appointed to appease them.

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  29. At last sanity has returned to the man!
    I am happy that he is now positively in opposition. If only he were like this and consistent, he could make a greta president.

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  30. This fact is long overdue. The country has not enough money and these politicians are creating jobs for each other.

    Well done Sata.

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  31. I think that RB would also like a small government but when you have such a narrow majority and you are a weak President there are too many people to please and give jobs. If Zambians learned to respect the office of the President then the President would have the freedom to operate without fear or favour. As things stand right now, there are too many Brutuses waiting to stab Caesar. Second: Poor communication infrastructure makes small government difficult to work well. There must be a balance. I agree with Sata but not yet.

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  32. The number of ministers doing nothing are finishing national resources. We better have few ministers doing constructive things to improve Zambian lives.

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  33. True was he has spoken at least to have only Ministerial Ministers and not Provincial and deputy Ministers for what? And at lease one PS in a ministry cos there is Director to assist PS.

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  34. We need to give credit where it is due. This is a sensible observation from the PF president.It is well-timed.

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  35. well i certainely agree with my president mr sata,wat RB shoudld do is to make sure the size of his cabinet is reduced,so [email protected] government can save money..never mumba,edith nawakwi and sakwiba skota shld nt even be attempted to be appointed..we need to save money so [email protected] it can be channeled to sectors [email protected] need urgent attention.VIVA PF,NI PA BWATO FYE,2011..strategy natu chinja nomba..this time we wont be mubwato..we will use sub marine,lilya ka mulongoti na chi tetamashimba,baleuma injuka,ifwe nishi twaigila panshi.lilya balemona ati nomba ba rigging n’ga ifwe nishi twatutubuka mu state house.:d

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  36. I, like most bloggers before me, agree with what Mr Sata has said. I particularly like the tone used. I have known him to be undiplomatic under most circumstances but this is one of his more mature contributions where he even acknowledges the government’s effort to reduce expenditure.

    I’m not a PF supporter but I’ve noticed that over the years Mr Sata is one of the few politicians that offer plausible solutions to many of the problems Zambia faces. One example is the windfall tax introduced in last year’s budget. Mr Sata advocated for this when the prices of copper where very high and had government listened to him then, we would probably be in a better position as a country.

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  37. I THINK ALL PROGRESSIVE ZAMBIANS NEED TO RESPECT SATAS SUGGESTION AS IT MAKES ALOT O SENSE. I SEE NO REASON WHY WE SHOULD HAVE A BLOATED CABINET WHO ARE DOING NOTHING EXCEPT SATISFYING THEIR EGOS. WHAT IS OBTAINING IN THE MINES SHOULD APPLY ALSO HERE,SO THAT SAVED RESOURCES GOES INTO REDUCNG MEALIMEAL PRICES AND SUBSIDSING OTHER SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY e.g AGRICULTURE.
    VIVA SATA!!!!

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  38. SATA NEEDS TWO OR THREE OTHER OPPOSITION LEADERS TO PUT PRESSURE ON THE GOVT. IMAGIN THEIR HUGE ALLOWANCES. ENOUGH TO SORT OUT ALOT OF PROBLEMS PA ZED

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  39. My SISTER

    How I wish that was possible,it is very unfortunately that all the opposition leaders apart from sata himself are RB bootlikers.HH has disapeared,Nawakwi,Miyanda,sakwiba only exits when its elections time just to split votes.its Okay they might think that they are clever but one day Pipo of Zambia with the help of God Will deal with them.

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  40. 47; BEHAVE, WE HAVE RULES HERE. EVEN YOU YOUR SELF, IT IS ZAMBIA YOU NEED, ZAMBIA DOES NOT NEED YOU AND STAY WERE YOU ARE. IT IS BETTER TO LEAVE ZAMBIA IN THE MESS THAN GO AFTER IT AND BE MESSED UP IN THE END.

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  41. #49. On the spot, Sister. And where is Gen. Miyanda in this hour of need? Are we still going to entertain his ‘village concept’ in 2011? Panse!

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  42. #47 COMING HOME…

    Please when you say some of these things keep in mind the one that created you.GOD would never have created a “frog face person.please watch what you say.GOD CREATED ALL OF US IN HIS IMAGE and about leadership THE BIBLE SAYS PROMOTION DOES NOT COME FROM THE EAST NOR THE WEST IT COMES FROM ABOVE,EVERY LEADERSHIP IS NOT A SECRET BEFORE GOD,GOD KNOWS WHY THAT PERSON IS PRESIDENT RIGHT NOW AND IF GOD IS SILENT ABOUT IT IT DOESNT MEAN THAT HE IS UNAWARE NO! ITS JUST HIS WILL THAT HAS TO PREVAIL,WHO ARE YOU TO QUESTION GOD?????.

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  43. This is sense from President Sata.

    President Banda, please consider dropping Teta if you are avoid embarassments. The man is extremely dull, no wonder LPM never elevated him.

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  44. Looking at the comments on Micheal Sata’s call to Ruphia to reduce cabinet encourages me that Zambians are concerned. But Can someone please tell me whether the President himself or his advisors read these comments. Those closest to them please tell them the feeling of the masses :-?:-?:-?

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  45. # 47 You must be ashamed of yourself! What nationality are you? Need I teach you to take pride of who you are? All the bloggers today have very sensible comments except you! Anyway, you will be judged by circumstances. Ba King Cobra balanda, spot-on! So iwe chi COMING HOME, UCHENJELE BELIWARE, SHA! And #48(Anonymous) is very right – go to hell and stay there, who needs you, anyway!

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  46. Thats our man, he is always there for the zambian people.Iwe Chitula Twabane,are you normal in your chi head? Or its just big and empty.Sata is the only one who is checking the government.And he is talking so much sense.where is your HH?he is sleeping,nowhere to be seen.And you even have the guts to open your big mouth and say,Sata is not Presidential material.Behave yourself,you dull creature.

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  47. Sata is right, I see no reason to have a minister and a deputy in one ministry who always wait for the president’s permission to even say anything yet alone make good policies. Som of the so called ministers do not even have the education qualificaation to meet the needs of their jobs,
    WELL DONE SATA, KEEP CHECKING THEM, AND MAYBE CHECKMATE THEM IN 2011.

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  48. Right on target Mr Sata.You are the one we are waiting for come 2011.
    How i wish Husband grabber”Nawakwi” could do the same.She just makes alot of noise when its election time.Anyway iam not shocked because thats the behaviour of prostitutes.

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  49. Zambians, can you kindly inform me and others about shikapwasha’s academic background? I am asking coz I want to know whether to take his comments seriously or just brush them aside as the usual nonsense from one, un intellegent, ill-educated and un wise chap. I have never found him to be wise, let alone intellegent. This does not mean pipo with little education are not intellegent, and can’t perform.

    (Chief Government spokesperson, Ronnie Shikapwasha said “the Government was encouraged by any suggestions from various people including Mr Sata”)

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  50. #47..behave yourself..who do u think u’re to call my president a frog face..iwe wiine ni wechula chikamba chobe.

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  51. So where is the so-called educated HH! Is he not concerned about what is going on in Zambia? As an opposition, why is he not checking on the ruling government since he wanted and still wants to be president in 2011? Somebody assist me here! Fellow Zambians, let’s wake up because next time we will usher in a FAKE president into state house. The kind of president who will only be interested in fulfilling PERSONAL ambitions and not one who wants to alleviate the suffering of ordinary Zambians. Ba Sata, well spoken! At least the man has put forward workable suggestions. So RB, the ball is in your court!

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  52. uyu wiine # 47coming home,in zed we dnt need people like u..mwaya pa states mwayamba nokumonati ninshi,ulimbwelenge sana iwe mambala ayi..stay there uko kwine,u think runing a government requires u to be handsome or beautiful,uliwakwisa first iwe wine..eyimwe bene ba mukukulu bakalamba ku states uko…pa bwatooooooooooooooo.if u dnt like it jst go and hang yourself.bakashika balupwabobe bakalabeko nokulaba shaaaaaaaaaa.

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  53. cnt. Eg, take the above quotation. It is his party which is asking SATA to come to their help and not otherwise. But, the way he’s fUllishly phrasing his sentences leaves much wonder as to whether the man even knows which is the majorities political party. I will remind him from his fullishness-PF is the peoples’ party. PF is always their for the Zambians both at home and abroad. So, shikapwasha should go back to grade 8 to go and learn simple English grammar. Now, lets forget about such fulls in order for us to contribute effectively.

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  54. mwebantu,this is the right time to see who has really got the heart for the people of zambia and those who dont.some of these politicians only come to realise the suffering of the people of zambia when elections are near..we had 3 opposition candidates for the octorber elctions,but hw many are checking on the wrond doings of the current regime.fellow countrymen come 2011 lets nt make mistakes and vote in passers by..zambia is our country,lets gurad it carefuly frm these selfish people who jst care abt making names and CV’S.

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  55. Ba mwinsho

    I know the guy made a careless statement,but please forgive him,Iam sure naena has realised that nalufyanya. :-j:-j:-j:-j

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  56. I fully agree that we Zedians forgets easily.Sata under FTJ was minister withon Potifolio when he was Party General Secretary of MMD.UNDP under the late Mazoka suggested that the government of the day at that time too blooted and needs to be scaled down,but Sata was the first to defend his Gvnment by saying that Andy was annoyed for not be given a govnment post and more especially his position as minister without portifolio.Sata like to say what suits him and always plays to the gallery so that pipo can praise him.In today’s post HH said he is busying writing economic suggestions or recommandations to the RB help mitigate the current economic malaise that we are currently going through.

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  57. cnt..Now, to echo president Sata’s Zambia’s corrective measures. Yes, Zambian govt is simply redundantly top heavy. What do you need those ministers for. If it were say, in Botswana where men and women are busy in their industrial and economic activities as well as planning, yes, it would have been justifiable. Now do you need a thousand dummies to just append signatures to buy $150,000 for each minister? Worse still for increasing their salaries for having done nothing? One thing that worries me about Zambia is our politicians have no integrity at all.

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  58. SATA-PF, YOU SHOULD SET UP A CLASSROOM FOR MMD/UNIP CROOKS TO START LESSONS ON WHICH POLICIES TO ADOPT AND IMPLEMENT. THAT BUNCH OF FULLS SIMPLY DON’T KNOW.

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  59. AND THEY WISH THEY WERE THE ONES WHO KNEW IT LIKE YOU DO, GUYS. COME 2011. I AM SURE VILLAGERS BY NOW KNOW THEIR MISTAKE.

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  60. Even the bible encourages pipo who silently without the left hand knowing.Sata does not mean well because what he is doing right now is campeigning.Mr Sata sir your advice is good only if you can put it on paper and explain it nicely then you will earn my respect.I followed your contribution what well but the problem I have with you is you a full of contracdition in your comments.Recently you were quoted as saying that you told the Government not to tax the mines because the mines wont have money to reinvest in machinery, infrastructure and to increase salaries for its employees.Today you have turned around saying the money that the mining houses are paying as tax should used to mitigate

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  61. #3 NICE GUY. THEY DON’T LIKE HIM, BECAUSE HE IS BRAINY EVEN HIM NOT REALLY HAVING HAD TRACEABLE EDUCATION. HE IS SIMPLY UN-COMPARABLE TO EVEN MOST OF THE DOCTORS AND PROFESSORS WE HAVE. HE IS A PERFORMER. HE KNOWS WHAT WORKS AND WHAT DOESN’T WORK. HE IS VERY PRODUCTIVE EVEN IN THE ABSENCE OF ACADEMIC DEGREES. TEACH THOSE FULLS, SATA.

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  62. #76 show me the place, because some people read selectively esp if they have personal issues!come here with proof don’t speak ambiguously since this is not just about sata but our country so that we can also analyze him properly :-w

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  63. to the financial crisis that the mines are facing.Please Mr Sata sir be real and stick to your principles and coments do not fluctuate like the Zimbabwean dollar.If you do not know that is what cost you the president because you easily forgets what you say today and tomorrow its reversal of what you said today.I know for sure your supporters will not agree with me because they do not take time to study your comments and rushes to praise you. Always consult your publicity secretary Given or speak through him because him will be able to know what you yesterday and will endenvour not contradict the statements.

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  64. It seems most of today’s bloggers are reading about suggestions to reduce the number of ministers as a way of reducing govt expenditure for the first time. This has been mentioned several times in the past by HH and others including Sata. The govt has been resisting such calls. Those of you who think the other opposition leaders are silent on the issue do not follow Zambian politics.
    I do agree that this is the best time to exert more presure on the gov in light of the prevailing economic situations.

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  65. #50 and 53 You will see how HH and the others will resurface 2 months before the elections. After Sata has worked from the day the elections were rigged to the day before the 2011 elections. Funny, Zambians can be so dull. They wont realise this. Even small parties like HP, who just get votes from his immediate family, resurface just to split votes. Spoiling Zanbia’s future. They simply dont give a s*#t what happens.

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  66. #14 HARDNOX. THAT SIMPLY TELLS YOU THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PERSON (AND PARTY) WHO WANTS TO LEAD THE COUNTRY WITH CITIZENS’ INTEREST AT HEART, AND ANOTHER WHO JUST WANT RULE FOR THE SAKE OF RIPPING FROM THE POOR AND JUST MAKE A NAME THAT HE WAS ONCE A PRESIDENT IN HIS/HER LIFE TIME IN ZAMBIA. THAT WHERE PEOPLE OF ZAMBIA MUST BE CAREFUL WHEN CHOOSING THEIR LEADER, WHETHER THAT PERSON IS OLD OR YOUNG. SATA IS A MAN OF SUBSTANCE AND SURROUNDED BY HIGHLY EDUCATED YOUNG MEN AND WOMEN READY TO TAKEOVER AFTER HE HAS SCHOOLED THEM ON THE DOS AND DON’TS.

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  67. As i said on #61, but LT wrote my name as Anonymous,why are you writing my name as anonymous,even after printing my name.I said Cutey, Sarah Jones,Baby C and Supergal where are you guys please?

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  68. #20. SATA SAYS WHAT HE DOES AND DOES WHAT HE SAYS. THAT HAS BEEN HIS WAY OF DOING THINGS AND THATS WHY HE IS VERY POPULAR TO US, (APART FROM YOU). I CAN SEE YOU ARE MENTIONING TRIBE. BE REMINDED THAT NOT EACH AND EVERYONE OF US ARE FROM THE TRIBE YOU HAVE IN MIND. PF IS NOT A TRIBAL PART. UNLESS, YOU THINK IN YOUR EMPTY HEAD THAT GUY SCOTT, GIVEN LUBINDA, NOT TO MENTION ALL, ARE FROM THE TRIBE IN YOUR GREY MATTER DEFFICIENT HEAD. HEY! MY BROTHER/SISTER, QUIT THAT HATRATE. IT IS NOT NECESSARY. WHEN YOU HATE ITS YOU WHO IS TROUBLED AND NOT THE PERSON/GROUP OF PERSONS YOU HATE. YOU WILL BLOW UP WITH YOUR HATE.

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  69. #86 Peter. I’m sure #20 Tula Twabane comes from one of the smallest tribes in Zambia. These are the people that bring serious ethnic problems. #20 Please just give up issuing tribal statements. There’s no time and place for such things now. BUTUTU

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  70. Iwe chi #47,coming Home. Your head is a dust bin.Nothing gud can come out of your rotten brain.Just stay where ever you are dont even go to Zed.We dont need useless creatures like you. Frustrated character,did Sata create himself?are you God to say that? We chipuba!

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  71. # 13 Please know when to divert the topic. Not when it has just been posted and you start yapping nonsensicals. Kwata amano. MCS is right and I am happy even some govt persons have realised it. Two deupties for what ?

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  72. #79 show me the citations your argument points to.

    Regardless of what his view was back then on the mining thing is that: it was encated and therefore the companies should pay what is due for the time the were mining because they were aware of it.

    Even if I am a manager and I am against salary increment. If it is enacted and there comes a time that workers don’t get paid. Does that mean i shouldn’t APPEAL TO MANAGEMENT TO PAY UP. regardless of what my view was, workers would have to be paid so my friend JUST give CREDIT WERE NEEDED AND REBUKE WERE REQUIRED!so what if he’s campaigning?If it works and improves conditions in Zambia Y does it anger u?

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  73. iwe 12 can you comment on the story.sex causes different reactions from people;some laugh,others cry,others scream and others according to you sneeze,big deal!what we are propagating here is the passage of his excellency m.c sata into plot 1.viva sata,viva pf. :-l:-l:-l:-l:-l:-l

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  75. # 92 true liberal.My word is consistance if our beloved leader can be consitant with what he says and his views he will not have any problem with most of us Zedians.During the runner up to the October presidential elections he was lambasting General Miyanda whom he said was sponsored by the MMD to split the votes.But the other day he was praised the same General Miyanda for soliceting for a job from RB unlike other opposition leaders.The big must be liberal like your name in what ever he says and does then he willgain respect from many Zedians.To tell you the truth Sata he is hard worker especially he is chosen as a minister with some to kapitao him.Bye for now to be continued tomorrow.

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  76. Number 70,71,76 and 79 is HH,no doubt about it.He has been hate because people on this blogg has come out in full support of what Sata has said.
    Now HH,know that this is no time for academic rhetoric were you spend months putting things on paper while people are suffering.
    Act now and immediately.If you were president,would you take months to respond to a serious crisis? HH,you are a slow thinker and just join the big party PF.

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  77. At long last, Mr Sata you’ve recognised RB as your president ka? May god bless you and forgive you for almost causing chaos in our country. RB is not a perfect president himself but he is a leader we elected and he won the polls fair and square.

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  78. But this is what i told Kafupi in 1994 in the presence of Sata and Sata objected saying we were voted in by the people and the people need jobs. Sata is the wrong man to advise RB.

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  79. Thats the kind of leadership Zambians r missing at the moment.Zambians r very unrealistic pipo cos they did not vote for sata cos he is not their tribesmate.Pipo who dont like Micheal base thier hatred on tribalism, thats very uncivilised in this century. Those pipo in Northwestern, southern and western provinces of Zambia need to get over their tribalistic mentalities and start focusing on issues affecting them. Grow up pipo…. Actuallity ur lives.

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  80. #98 You must be a relative of Nyama Soya or you the i d i o t I found at the Embassy (Kensington) when I came to get a visa to go to Zambia?

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  81. #99 what’s your logic? if a thief tells you not to steal u won’t listen but turn your head and say…he’s not the one to be telling me this?

    Sata was never president, He did not appoint those ministers, ultimately the president who appoints decided so if SAta was subordinate to CHILUBA…hence nway i don’t need to solve simple math like its calculus!

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  82. Its all Bullsh!t ! In any country in the world…government is the last organisation to cut jobs. One of the main aims of govnt is to create jobs…in some cases like zambia-even uneccessary jobs that we all think shouldnt be there really actually have to exist to keep you and me working, and to keep the unemployment rate down! Private companies will not create jobs in times like this, Sata knows better. What will all these people do when they are out of jobs?!! some people above seem so ill informed!!!! Be “informed” go read! Be practical people…sh!T !! Rubbish!!!!!!!

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  83. Its all Bullsh!t ! In any country in the world…government is the last organisation to cut jobs. One of the main aims of govnt is to create jobs…in some cases like zambia-even uneccessary jobs that we all think shouldnt be there really actually have to exist to keep you and me working, and to keep the unemployment rate down! Private companies will not create jobs in times like this, Sata knows better. What will all these people do when they are out of jobs?!! some people above seem so ill informed!!!! Be “informed” go read! You all dont see all those people walkin around in town during working hours??? you think they are working????!!!! ITS COZ THERE NOT enough JOBS!! they all need work!

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  84. We are the majority wherever you go. In the offices pf, bus stations,in the public service,unza and cbu,bashi mine even on this blog we are the majority.Nipabwato fye. Thats why bangwele you hate sata.Because even us the educated love him.And the ilitarate love him. Pali Sata nkafwilapo!

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  85. Iwe ClA,ulelota. You think Nine Chale Matworld Nice guy and Sony Errickson can allow you to be # 1.They sleep on the blog,no bushimbe bakwata bwafya!

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  86. It is amazing how much support this idea has received, BUT don’t people realise that this is not new at all? Sata has had this idea on his manifesto and the PF manifesto since 2006! If this is so good, why diddn’t people vote for him? I hope it isn’t because Zambians do not bother to read manifestos before they decide who to support. Or is it that we did not care while the economy was doing well? There is a difference between reducing size of government and reducing size of cabinet. One is a subset of the other. Reducing cabinet will not improve economy, but reducing the size of government will. Small government means lots of job losses and redundancies for a lot of people. Misery for many!

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  87. Iwe CIA,ulelota? do you think that Nine Chale,Martworld nice guy and Sony Erricksony can allow you to be #1? They sleep on the blog.No bushimbe bakwata bwafya!

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  88. Sata was Minister without portfolio in the chiluba regime how come he never declined the offier for such a position? Wasn’t a waste of money then? :-?:-?:-?:-?:-?:-?:-?:-?

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  89. tula twabane your comments are a let down to say the least. your suggestion that rb is in fact presidential material makes me wonder whether you smoke lubangula. look at rb’s cabinet. it is full of politically elevated cretins and very few technocrats.

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  90. Number 107 Chewe; So you are the majority in all those places that you mention? That don’t impress me much coz you aint never won an election to RULE the country.

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  91. I was going to give ba sata a thumbs up had he spoken about increasing working/business hours pa Zed ,but instead ba Sata goes to raise an issue on cabinet reduction funny, in my opinion these calls wont do anything to tackle these so called economic problems we are experiancing besides had he been the one in that seat he wasnt even going to reduce his salary.

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  92. 20. Tula Twabane, greetings and well put up comments on your “sata says anything even what he knows he cant do therefore, logically that does not qualify him be presidential material. Look a few days ago he was critising local gvt Minister for suspending mayoral elections when he himself as Minister of local govt in FTJ’s govt suspended these elections for 4 years.”

    Sata was part of a GRZ led by former President Chiluba in which he, the Undereducate, served as Minister Without Portifolio. Why didn’t he resign then, if reducing the Cabinet is the answer, as that GRZ wasted money in the same way President RB Banda is doing now?

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  93. While I commend and appreciate what the Undereducate has pointed out here, I also understand that he tried to use the Barotseland Agreement to win the votes in the past Presidential election, which he did not do when he was Minister Without Portfolio under Chiluba.
    Not longer ago, the Undereducate when on Sky Radio in Monze, Southern Province, and called for the PF/UPND indaba to pick a single presidential to run against President RB Banda where he was quoted as saying that IT DID NOT MATTER WHO LED the oppositon force against MMD.He said if this leader had to be president Hikainde Hichilema, then it should be so and Sata would support him. But what did Sata do as opposed to what he did?

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  94. There are many more examples of items Sata has said, but failed to do as #20 put it! The Undereducate can dupe a few gullible people into believing him or winning their support, but he shall never con or cheat me as Maestro Hhehhehhehhe, Mugungulu H. Mwaanga.

    To show that deed are better that what we say, even the Holy Bible carries a record where a parent had 2 sons and then asked them to do something for him. The 1st one said he would not do the job while the 2nd said he will do it. However, the old one thought carefully and went and did the jod while the 2nd one who promised to do failed to do it. Who was better at the end of the day? Read Matthew 21: 28 – 32 and be blessed.

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  95. ba #38 certain things come with time.unfortunately for ba sata it can be too late,he has already created an impression so what he is saying can be misunderstood.

    on the other hand the quality of leaders we have make SATA look much better.

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  96. 70. Abena Digger town, you have hammered the NAIL on its head. The Undereducate can dupe a few, but not all of us.

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  97. 85. russia moscow, it is gratifying to see that you are still around if you are the original overzealous character who used that name before.

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  98. 100. Zambian-American, who is tribal between those people you are accusing and yoursef? What credentials has your flip-flop Undereducate got for people in Southern, Western and Northwestern Provinces to vote for him, Sata?

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  99. For once Sata seems to be talking sense. However his comment over the mining taxes is inconsistent, he opposed the new tax regimes when they were put in place and yet now he wants the mining companies to pay up!

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    126. your flag Peter Chipango, the Undereducate, MC Sata, is a flip-flop whom i can not trust any any point in time. He thinks he is clever to be able to cheat all Zambians, but he can only cheat so much of Zambians who do not read Zambian News widely.

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  101. This is the type of leadership we need. Politicians who have a full understanding of the business and operations of the Govt, who are able to opporse objectively. Not bangwele who just resurface when its election time ie Gen. Miyanda, HH. If there was a way this man deserves a bat on the back. VIVA SATA.

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  102. =d> For the first time in centuries this man is talking sense into others. But the questions is that why didnt he and his conman Chiluba didnt think of cutting the number of top official when they were ushering out post to RELATIVES?

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  103. How dull is sata to have elections rigged all the time? LPM rigged, RB rigged, just how possible for a man who has been in govt for nearly 50 years? The man is just a hopeless liar and we know it.

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  104. Tula Twabane # 20 must be sick, he must suffering from penisis. Your critics have basis. Why can’t you just read the article between the lines and be bold when commenting. Sata has said sense.

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